LeFleur East Trail bids scheduled for opening August 8; work follows

By ANTHONY WARREN,

Work on the first leg of the LeFleur East Trail could get under way later this summer, pending a bid opening next month.

The Mississippi Department of Finance and Administration (DFA) is expected to open bids on the project on August 8.

“We will begin as soon as bids are opened,” said DFA Director of Communications Chuck McIntosh.

The first section of the trail will run along the south side of Eastover Drive from the I-55 frontage road to Ridgewood Road.

Construction is expected to run around $470,000.

Plans were drawn up by Neel-Schaffer.

The project is being funded by a $470,000 allocation from the Mississippi Legislature.

Lawmakers approved the allocation in 2014, as part of SB 2902. According to the boundaries, the pathway is expected to run along Eastover, Ridgewood and Lakeland Drive.

McIntosh didn’t know when the next legs of the multi-use path would be bid out, and added that any additional work would be contingent on additional funding.

“This (the Eastover section) is the only section that’s been funded,” he said.

The trail will be 10 feet wide and construction is expected to take 120 days to complete, weather pending.

Plans are to eventually run the trail south of Ridgewood and west on Lakeland. The pathway would eventually tie into the Museum-to-Market Trail at Cool Papa Bell Drive.

The Museum-to-Market pathway will run from the Mississippi Farmers Market on High Street, through Belhaven and up to the LeFleur Museum District.

The district includes the Mississippi Children’s Museum, the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science, Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum and the Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Museum.

 

The Museum-to-Market was expected to start as early as September, but could be delayed because of the installation of a water main along the trail’s path.

Utility Constructors was hired in late 2016 to install the 48-inch main. In February, crews began work on a $4 million water main installation that runs along a portion of the trail. The project was expected to wrap up in September, but has been slowed because of the area’s wet weather.

In June, Jackson received 8.42 inches of rain and had 23 days of precipitation, according to the National Weather Service (NWS). On average the city receives 4.12 inches of rain and has nine days of precipitation, according to NWS figures.

It was not known when the water line would be completed.

 

 

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